Patrakar: A forum for journalists
Roving Editor, The Telegraph, author of The Brothers Bihari
in conversation with
Dr. Pushkar, Director, ICG
Saturday | 23 February 2019 | 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm
Organised by The International Centre Goa
Free and Open to General Public by Entry Pass only | Limited Seats
Complimentary Passes to be collected from ICG Programmes Department after 1 February
For inquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sankarshan Thakur is the Delhi-based Roving Editor of The Telegraph. He was born in Patna and studied political science at Hindu College, Delhi. Sankarshan began his career with Sunday Magazine in 1984 and has been Associate Editor of The Telegraph and the Indian Express and Executive Editor of Tehelka. He has covered some of the major events in South Asia and beyond such as Indira Gandhi’s assassination and consequent violence; Rajiv Gandhi’s 1984 election (and every general election since then); the first Reagan-Gorbachev Summit, Washington D.C., 1987; the return of democracy to Pakistan, with Benazir Bhutto’s accession as prime minister (and the two elections that followed); the fall of Kabul to the Mujahedin; militancy and politics in Kashmir since 1989; and the 1999 Kargil war. Sankarshan is the author of The Making of Laloo Yadav, The Unmaking of Bihar (HarperCollins, 2006); Single Man (HarperCollins, 2014), a political biography of Nitish Kumar; and The Brothers Bihari (HarperCollins, 2015), a political reckoning of Bihar and its politics under Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar. He was awarded the Prem Bhatia Award for excellence in political journalism in 2002 and won the Appan Menon Memorial Award in 2004 for a book project on Kashmir.
Pushkar was born in Patna and grew up in Bihar. He studied history and politics/international affairs at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and JNU before obtaining a PhD in political science from McGill University. Pushkar has previously taught at Goa University and BITS Pilani-Goa in India and at Concordia University and McGill University in Canada. He is the author of several academic articles and the co-author of Democracy, Civil Society and Health in India (Palgrave, 2015). He has also published extensively on India’s higher education for the Indian Express, Hindustan Times, The Wire, Times Higher Education (THE) and elsewhere. In January 2015, an article in Forbes India listed him as one of India’s 24 thinkers “who best explain a rapidly-changing India to the world (and the world to India)” for his writings on higher education. He is since December 2016 the Director and Chief Executive of The International Centre Goa (ICG).